Andrea Stone
The Huffington Post
March 5, 2012

U.S. military personnel traveling out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will now be able to skip long security lines as part of the Transportation Security Administration’s expansion of its trusted traveler program known as Pre-Check.

Under the pilot program, which could eventually be adopted at other U.S. airports, active-duty service members with a military identification known as a Common Access Card would be eligible to use dedicated lines at Reagan National security checkpoints. While they would still be subject to random screening, soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and coast guardsmen would be granted Pre-Check benefits, such as no longer having to remove their shoes or light jacket. They would also be allowed to keep laptops and small liquid containers in their carry-on luggage.

“U.S. service members are entrusted to protect and defend our nation and its citizens with their lives, and as such TSA is recognizing that these members pose little risk to aviation security,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole in a speech Monday at the National Press Club.

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